China imposes restrictions on the work of American diplomats in the republic in response to similar measures against employees of Chinese diplomatic missions in the United States, RIA Novosti writes, citing Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington is restricting the work of Chinese diplomats in the country: now they will need permission from the country's authorities to visit university campuses and hold cultural events for more than 50 people outside their diplomatic buildings.
According to Zhao Lijian, the retaliatory measures were introduced "in order to get the United States to promptly cancel their erroneous actions." The activities of the US diplomatic missions in China will be limited, including at the US Consulate General in Hong Kong. The measures will affect both high-ranking diplomats and other personnel of diplomatic missions.
On September 3, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported that since October last year, the US State Department has repeatedly imposed restrictions on Chinese embassies, consulates and their personnel.
Zhao Lijian emphasized that the actions of the American authorities seriously violate international law and impede Sino-American relations. He called China's retaliation "a legitimate and necessary response to erroneous US actions."